Western Redbud

Cercis occidentalis

Beautiful in all seasons, this highly ornamental small tree is covered with masses of brilliant rose-purple blossoms in early spring. Rounded heart-shaped leaves emerge apple green, aging to blue-green. Long seed pods ripen to purple-brown in summer. Foliage provides excellent fall color. Smooth silvery-gray branches are picturesque in the winter landscape.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationSER-sis ok-si-den-TAY-lis
Average Size at MaturityReaches 15 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorLight Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth HabitNarrow
Landscape UseFirescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.

Adapts to a wide variety of soils, even clay; thrives in average to lean, well-drained soil. Best with some winter chill for optimal flowering. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Provide some shade and supplemental water in hot, desert-like regions.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone:

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